The Boy Is Mine is the second studio album by American recording artist Monica. It was released by Arista Records on July 14, 1998, in the United States. The album deviated from the formula of her 1995 debut album Miss Thang, as she had more creative control over the material she wrote and recorded; a step that she considered a "natural progression". On the record, Monica worked with a variety of producers and writers from different genres such as gospel, R&B, and pop, including frequent collaborators Dallas Austin, Colin Wolfe, and Daryl Simmons. Additionally, she wrote and produced the album's material with David Foster, Diane Warren, Jermaine Dupri, and Rodney Jerkins and his Darkchild crew, some of which would become household names on subsequent albums.